It All Begins With A Puppy – Fidos For Freedom

It All Begins With A Puppy – Fidos For Freedom


My name is Linda Odom and I’ve been volunteering at FIdos for… Well, probably 12 years. Twelve to fourteen years, I think. I started with, um… the puppies! And I just love puppies and this is, like right up my alley. I enjoy working with them. I experienced Fidos when they were just
in the front of the stores. And went in just to check it out. And that’s where I fell in love with FIdos. One time when I was there, there was a man. A young man with blond hair. The same color as the Golden Retriever. Anyway, he’s on one side of the building and his… the dog he was getting matched with came running in. I guess they let him off of the leash. And he runs over and puts his arms up on, uh the young man’s shoulders and the hair. It was so beautiful. And the young man really couldn’t even speak very well. He [whispered], “Off…Off”, and the dog got off. And that’s when I knew I needed to… (voice breaking)… be a puppy raiser. Well, (inaudible) my first one was Chloe and I finished with him…her in 2009 because I have a thing they gave me (inaudible) in it. Yeah. Just heeling, sitting, staying. You
know going to the bathroom outside. And just…I don’t know. Just raising the
puppy. It’s easy I think. Frankie is a little girl. I hadn’t had a little girl in a little while. And, she’s just perfect! I think she’s probably…maybe 14 months
now. Smart. Very smart. I mean, she’s gonna be a super dog! She *is* a super dog! She’s gonna be somebody’s best friend for sure. I’ve always had my own dog, but I don’t
have one right now. So the cats have been with me for
about 16 years. So they’ve been through a lot of puppies. I don’t like to give them up either. I’m getting close to it and preparing myself. It’s tough but I know where they’re going and I know that this is a great program, and the people really treasure their dogs. Well, I tell you. I think of that young
man every time I raise a puppy. I really feel that there is a need for
somebody to raise these puppies. That’s why I feel good about that. And the volunteers. It’s really…I like like being with people that volunteer. They just seem to be much harder workers than normal folks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *